Name: Ariel Smith
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Photographer IG: 2deez
Makeup Artist: Loveteetyme
1. What inspired you to get into this industry?
Every girl should experience an old man asking her to get naked in the woods at least once in her life. They should see themselves being the beautiful lioness that they are on and off camera. It’s not what inspired me to get into this industry. It’s what inspires me to stay in this industry, and that is seeing the growth and the work that so many individuals are putting in for their artwork. It’s a movement that I want to be a part of.
2. How long have you been modeling?
I’ve been doing it on and off for 5years.
3. Who is your favorite model?
My favorite model is @love.char , I feel we are the same spirit animal. You know people give you the life THEY want you to see on social media, but I don’t get that from her. She makes smoking a blunt or eating breakfast look like a cover photo. She captures versatility, simplicity and with it she kills any photo concept. DOPE!
4. Were you always comfortable in your own skin and in front of the camera?
No, I took to modeling to help better my self-esteem. Once I got in front of the camera, seeing the results and how natural I felt doing it really helped me feel comfortable in my own skin.
5. Did you have any mentors who really helped mold and guide you?
I would consider my high school track coach and my mom as mentors because when I needed them the most they were always there. Even when I got in trouble, they definitely made sure it didn’t happen again. I ran a mile with a 90lb sled, no breaks and then I’ll go home and have my phone taken away. The teenage life!
6. Do you have any tips for aspiring models in the industry?
For aspiring models, be yourself, speak up, and love the concept. It should be natural and feel natural. You may not see the vision your photographer has but be open minded and give it a shot. 99.9% of the time it’ll be way better than you imagine.
7. Do you have a WTF moment at a shoot?
Do you say WTF before or after the police show up telling you to leave for trespassing and public nudity!
8. What are some of the biggest revelations you've discovered through modelling?
The biggest revelations I’ve discovered with modeling would be to not eat 4 or more slices of pizza before the shoot, drink lots of water the night before to tame the bloating from the pizza you ate for dinner, and pack your bag the night before as well.
9. Tell us something random about yourself.
Growing up, I wanted to be a stunt double or do parkour. Then I realized how much lack of coordination I have and how difficult it is do a back flip. So I went to college haha!
10. What are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of how much I’ve grown over the years. I am one of those people that can admit to being immature in my early 20s, figuring myself out. But I did it so MAMA WE MADE IT!
11. When it's all said and done, what do you want to be remembered as?
I want to be remembered as the young woman that lit up the whole room with her personality, grace and her delicious delivered dominos pizza.